05.08.15: Statement from the Diocese

Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
May 8, 2015

In January 2013, Reverend Barry M. Meehan, a priest of the Diocese of Providence, was removed from all active ministry after the Diocese received credible accusations regarding alleged sexual misconduct. A separate accusation involving sexual contact with a minor, also deemed credible, was received in July 2013.

In November 2014, Father Meehan was arrested and charged with five (5) counts of first-degree sexual assault.

Following a thorough review of the circumstances, the Holy See (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) has authorized Bishop Tobin to dismiss Reverend Barry M. Meehan from the priesthood.

In accord with the Church’s law and procedures regarding sexual misconduct by clerics, especially for violations described in the Code of Canon Law (Canon 1395, §2, and Canon 277), Bishop Tobin formally imposed that dismissal upon Barry Meehan, effective May 7, 2015.

Barry Meehan retains the right to appeal this action.


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